Farwana: 15 citizens of Gaza were arrested last month

Abdel Nasser Farwana, a specialist in prisoner and freedmen affairs, said that the occupation forces arrested 15 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip in nine separate incidents and at different periods during the month of September.

In a press statement, Farwana stated that (14) citizens of them had been arrested during the past month after they crossed the eastern and northern borders of the Gaza Strip towards the occupied territories in 1948, and most of them were released and allowed to return to the Strip after being detained for a few hours and interrogated and interrogated.

Farwana pointed out that the occupation army’s treatment of Palestinian infiltrators who were arrested during the past month is very similar to the events that preceded it since the start of the Corona crisis in the region, where the infiltrators were released and allowed to return to the Strip through random and informal points after they were detained for a few hours and questioned and investigated. With them, which raises many fears and doubts about Israeli intentions, and requires careful handling of the returnees, in order to preserve the safety of society and the security of citizens from the epidemic of occupation and the Corona virus.

He pointed out that the occupation forces arrested Muhammad Tayseer Salim Sawali (35 years), from Khan Yunis governorate, south of the Gaza Strip, via the Beit Hanoun / Erez checkpoint, after he had obtained a traffic permit, heading to al-Mutala ‘Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment of colon cancer. In detention, which brought the number of detainees across the aforementioned checkpoint to (10) citizens since the beginning of this year.

Farwana warned against the continuation of these practices and the repetition of arrests across the aforementioned checkpoint and the exploitation of the citizens’ need to cross the Beit Hanoun / Erez crossing, turning it into an arrest trap and turning it into a place of pressure and extortion, which disrupts the movement of citizens and constitutes a serious threat to the lives and conditions of the Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip, especially the sick.

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Fatah Central Committee approves agreements with Hamas

Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel's plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020 [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]
Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, attends by video conference a meeting with deputy Hamas chief Saleh Arouri (on screen from Beirut) discussing Israel’s plan to annex parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on July 2, 2020

During a meeting held in the West Bank and headed by President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, the Fatah Central Committee approved agreements reached with the rival Hamas movement, Arab48.com reported.

The Central Committee listened to a report read by Secretary-General of Fatah’s Executive Committee Jibril Rajoub, and senior Fatah members Rawhi Fatouh and Azzam Al-Ahmed.

The three leaders reported the outcomes of the meetings taken place in Istanbul, Doha, Cairo and Amman, a statement issued after the meeting disclosed, without supplying additional details about the meetings in Cairo and Amman.

On 24 September, Fatah and Hamas concluded meetings held in the office of the Palestinian Consulate in Istanbul, where they confirmed that they reached a “joint vision” for a comprehensive national dialogue to be held soon in partnership with all Palestinian factions.

Fatah to Pompeo: ‘Palestine is not a banana republic’

Fatah’s Central Committee reiterated that: “The national partnership is an irreversible strategic choice,” stressing on the importance of involving all the components of the Palestinian political system and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) through elections.

The Central Committee authorised Rajoub, Fatouh and Al-Ahmed to prepare for the elections in order to let Abbas issue the electoral decree as soon as possible.

On 3 September, the secretaries-general of the Palestinian factions concluded a conference after reaching an agreement to end the internal Palestinian division and carry out the elections based on fully-proportional representation.

Opinion: Elections as a prelude to reforming Palestinian politics

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Islamic Jihad ready to participate in Palestinian National Council elections

Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed al-Hindi seen at a press conference in Gaza City, Gaza 09 April 2005 [MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images]
Islamic Jihad leader Mohammed al-Hindi seen at a press conference in Gaza City, Gaza 09 April 2005

Member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad in Palestine Mohammed Al-Hindi has announced that his movement is ready to take part in Palestinian National Council elections, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

Speaking to the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV, Al-Hindi confirmed that these elections “must” be aimed at reconstructing the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as: “A liberation organisation not as a submissive organisation.”

He stressed that the start of ending the internal Palestinian division is the unity against the Israeli occupation, warning of: “Continuing dependence on manoeuvrers or small tactics and political changes that could take place here or there.”

He also emphasised the importance of cutting relations and stopping partnership with “the Zionist enemy”, reiterating the importance of: “Popular activities and friction with the enemy in the West Bank as a means to revive corporeal spirit for the Palestinians.”

Fatah: Israel’s detention of Hamas leader ‘an attempt to thwart unity efforts’

Meanwhile, he conveyed: “Arab normalisation of ties with Israel, the deal of the century and Israel’s annexation plans proved that dependence on the partnership with the Zionists is wrong.”

He also urged that the PLO “must” be the reference for the Palestinian Authority (PA), not vice versa, and that due to the PLO being “the umbrella for all Palestinians”, it should determine all policies.

The Islamic Jihad leader confirmed that the ongoing dialogue between Fatah and Hamas: “Is a basic and supporting factor for any effort aiming to regain Palestinian unity.”

Opinion: Elections as a prelude to reforming Palestinian politics

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Fatah to Pompeo: ‘Palestine is not a banana republic’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L), meets with Israeli Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2020 [SEBASTIAN SCHEINER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images]
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L), meets with Israeli Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2020

The Palestinian Fatah movement has directed sharp criticism at the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for his recent call to replace the Palestinian leadership. This follows the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s categorical rejection of the recent normalisation agreements between Arab states and Israel, as well as its initial position against the implementation of the deal of the century.

Munir Jaghoub, head of Fatah’s Information Department in the Office of Mobilisation and Organisation, responded to Pompeo through a post on Facebook in which he questioned:

Mr Pompeo, when will you realise that our people always choose their leadership and that Palestine, although it is a state under occupation, is not a banana republic?

“You have to realise that dignity, self-pride and confidence in the future is an authentic Palestinian commodity, just like olive oil, thyme and the Canaanite dress embroidered with love for the land,” affirmed the Fatah leader.

Jaghoub reiterated the Palestinian rejection of all plans aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause, stating: “We will not talk to anyone on the ground of the so-called deal of the century, and the only dialogue we will accept must be based on international legitimacy and aims to end the occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital on the borders of 4 June, 1967.”

Read: PA issues building permits to Palestinian residents of Jordan Valley, denying Israel

The Fatah official advised Pompeo “not to compromise the Palestinian right,” adding that: “Many foreign ministers and presidents came and went before you, but Palestine remained and its people maintained steadfastness in their homeland.”

In response to the US demand for changing the Palestinian leadership, Jaghoub confirmed that: “The Palestinian leadership remains because it derives its legitimacy from the trust of the people, and you, your president and your administration will leave soon by the decision of the American people.”

Pompeo, whose country proposed the deal of the century and orchestrated the recent Emirati and Bahraini normalisation agreements with Israel, which the Palestinian leadership firmly condemned, argued that the Palestinians need to choose a leadership willing to conduct a dialogue for peace.

He also expressed his hope that the Palestinians would join the US’ plan and commit to serious negotiations and dialogue with Israel.

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Palestine condemns Israel’s plan to build 5,400 new settlement units

Ongoing construction work seen at the illegal Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on June 25, 2020 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
Ongoing construction work seen at the illegal Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on June 25, 2020

The Palestine Authority (PA) condemned on Friday Israeli plans to build 5,400 new settlement units in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, a statement revealed.

The statement, which was issued by the PA’s Foreign Ministry, stated: “Expanding Jewish settlements is part of Israel’s unilateral moves to implement the US deal of the century and its plan to annex large parts of the West Bank.”

It added: “This disproves the Israeli claim that it has frozen settlement to enable its normalisation with Arab states, and reflects the systematic American and Israeli violations of international law and United Nations resolutions.”

This came after an Israeli radio station reported on Thursday evening that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had instructed the approval of the construction of 5,400 units in the West Bank’s settlements.

Israel’s refusal to stop expanding settlements, along with other issues, was the primary cause of the collapse of the last round of peace talks in 2014.

Washington: ‘Normalisation serves Israel better than annexation’

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Fifteen Palestinians Injured at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Fifteen Palestinian civilians were injured by Israeli forces, Friday during the weekly protest against Israeli settlements, which has been held every week in Kufur Qaddoum village, east of Qalqilia in the northern West Bank, according to local sources.

Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the popular resistance in Kufur Qaddoum, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers opened fire at demonstrators with rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters, injuring fifteen of them, while causing many to suffer the toxic effects of tear-gas inhalation.

Four injured civilians were transferred to hospital, and others were treated on site by local medics.

Villagers from Kufur Qaddoum and neighboring villages have been demonstrating every Friday to express their opposition to illegal Israeli settlements, and to demand Israeli authorities to reopen the village’s main road, which the army sealed off in 2002.

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Two Palestinians wounded in settlers attack on Nablus

Nablus (QNN)- Local sources told Wafa that two native Palestinians were wounded in a settlers’ attack on the village of Howarah in southern Nablus.

They explained that Murad Najjar and Sabe’ Owdeh were wounded when Israeli illegal settlers attacked and beat them while they were at work.

The village of Howarah has been a target of settlers’ attacks.

Settler violence has long since become part of Palestinians’ daily life under occupation. Israeli security forces enable these actions, which result in Palestinians casualties – injuries and fatalities – as well as damage to land and property. In some cases, they even serve as an armed escort, or even join in the attacks. Investigations, if even opened, are usually closed with no action taken against perpetrators as part of an undeclared policy of leniency. The long-term effect of this violence is the dispossession of Palestinians from increasing parts of the West Bank, making it easier for Israel to take over land and resources.

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Hunger-striking prisoner in critical condition

Jenin (QNN)- The health of the hunger-striking prisoner Maher Al Akhras is deteriorating and he is currently in critical condition, according to his wife.

The wife of Mher Al Akhras said that her husband loses consciousness from time to time and cannot move. He also has repeated seizures and sometimes he does not recognize those around him.

She added after visiting him at the Israeli Kaplan hospital that his only condition to end the hunger strike is to get his freedom back. “Either freedom or martyrdom”, he said according to his wife.

Al Akhras has been on a hunger strike for 69 days, demanding to end his administrative detention.

Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense. It has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed. The occupation state employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Video| Adham Shaer: Taking a walk could probably blind you


Adham Shaer has never known that he will lose an eye when he decided to have a walk in the archeological site of Sebastia

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Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The former prisoner Adham Shaer has never known that he will lose an eye when he decided to have a walk in the archeological site of Sebastia.

Everything started when Adham was sitting at the archeological site of Sebastia along with dozens of young men and locals of the village and other neighboring villages.

However, the fun time ended when Israeli soldiers decided to suddenly raid the area at throw tear gas canisters at everyone on the site. Dozens of people were suffocated. Chaos ensued when Israeli Jeeps raided the site and started randomly shooting live and rubber-coated-metal rounds at everyone.

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Sebastia’s mayor, Muhammad Azem, had told QNN on Friday that Israeli soldiers opened fire while raiding the village, blinding a young man. Azem noted that the young men were gathering in the area as usual to have a fun time but the Israeli army surprisingly raided the village and attacked everyone.

Sebastia’s archeological site has been a target of Israeli soldiers and settlers attacks. The Israeli army had removed the flag of Palestine from the area a few days ago.

(Source / 03.10.2020)

Jordan deports husband of Palestinian former prisoner wanted by US

Amman (QNN)- The authorities of Jordan decided on Thursday to deport Nizar Tamimi, the husband of the former prisoner in Israeli jails Ahlam Tamimi who is wanted by the US.

Nizar’s Jordanian residency was being renewed every 3 months. After its most recent expiry, the authorities informed him that it would not be renewed again and that he had to leave the country.

The Jordanian authorities gave Nizar 48 hours to leave the country. He arrived in Qatar on Thursday.

Nizar (46-year-old Fatah member) and Ahlam (39-year-old Hamas member) were sentenced to life imprisonment in Israeli jails but they were released in the 2011 prisoners swap between the Palestinian resistance and the occupation state.

They were engaged while in jail then they got married after being released.

Jordan has been under pressure from the United States to extradite Ahlam Tamimi, who is wanted by the US on a charge of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against American nationals.

Ahlam al-Tamimi is on the FBI’s list of “most wanted terrorists” for her role in a resistance operation in Jerusalem during the second Intifada.

(Source / 03.10.2020)